I know...I know...it's actually been 4 months since I posted last in my Blog! I am so very sorry for how long it has taken me! Here's a quick recap of what I've been up to, before we get into "B-E.P.I.C. Storytelling":
First off, as most of you will already know, we spent Mid-February through Mid-March in Bangladesh. We trained them in Children's Ministry, taught them to build puppets, and held crusades in the village churches. It was quite an experience for sure! So thankful for all that God is doing in that country!
I am also the Christian School admin at our church, so upon my return I had lots of things to catch up on. We were also very exhausted from the non-stop schedule while we were gone in Bangladesh. So, I just needed a little time to regroup. :D
For the last month, I have been working on our school Graduation and Awards ceremony (which is this coming Thursday), as well as closing out the year. My youngest son is a Senior, so we are also hosting his party at our house on June 3rd.
Besides that, all the regular Children's Ministry responsibilities that I have...it doesn't just disappear when other things get busy, right?! :-P
Needless to say, it's been a crazy 5 months, and I don't see any less "busyness" coming in the near future! LOL
But now that I'm here, as least for this week, I'd like to touch on "B-E.P.I.C. Storytelling". This is actually a course that I have on my website, you can find it HERE. And if you use the code MAYSAVE10 you can get 10% off through May 29th. ;-)
"B-E.P.I.C." is actually an acronym that the Lord gave me last summer, as I was sitting by the lake, thinking about training others in Storytelling. I was asked to create a specific storytelling training for the UPCA (United Pentecostal Church of Australia) Children's Ministers, and I didn't want to just talk about telling stories. I wanted to create a training that was memorable, and easy to recall as we all plan our weekly services.
Without giving away the full secret, I've decided to touch on just ONE of the letters in this title - the letter "P".
The letter "P" stands for Personal Stories. Did you know that YOU have a story?! We all do! So many times we hear others share their amazing personal stories with miraculous revelations from God...but we think well nothing that exciting has happened to me!
Oh yes it has!!!!!
Remember the time when you or another little child ran out in front of a car, and someone was suddenly there just in time?
What about that scary storm you and your family drove through, even though the rain was pouring so hard you could scarcely see the road?
Did your family ever struggle financially? Didn't the Lord always make sure you had food on your table?
Think of all the different amazing lessons about God that you could weave into those simple circumstances. You may feel that they were just mediocre and every day happenings, but when God steps onto the scene, we see the bigger picture!
Keep a little journal of different things that happen throughout your life, and someday you will pull that story out and say "Hey, that's exactly what I need to teach.....!"
We ALL have a story!
Using Bible Stories to teach our children is imperative in our ministries! But sometimes, we need to teach them a verse like "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13
Some important verses might not have a specific Bible story surrounding them that the children would understand, so how can we teach that? Through your own Personal Stories!
Get started...keep a journal...write things down...and don't worry about the lesson just yet. Just write what happens to you! Someday, you may need that story! :D
Don't forget to check out "B-E.P.I.C. Storytelling" HERE and use the code: MAYSAVE10!
Have a blessed week! :D
Sara Vojtasek & Joel's Vision Ministries